Homa: 'Weird being the one to take [Tiger's] spot


NAPA, Calif. – Just as Max Homa was making the turn at this week’s Monday qualifier at Bayonet and Black Horse in Seaside, Calif., he received a message on his cell phone.

He was in this week’s field at the Safeway Open following a late withdrawal by Tiger Woods.

“I’m looking out for myself first, but it is very bittersweet. Obviously, everyone wants to see him come back,” said Homa, who was the first alternate when the week began and confident he’d get a spot at the season opener. “It’s weird being the one to take his spot. He’s doing what he thinks is best and that’s the most important thing.”

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It’s an important start for Homa and the other members of the Web.com Tour class, who try to play as many events as possible before the first reshuffle heading into next year.

It’s also a rare chance to play a familiar golf course.

“It’s a tournament I’ve played before, and that’s pretty rare these days for a second-year player,” Homa said. “You want to play courses you’ve played as much as possible.”